OAAS News – Beachburg Fair

~ July 4th to 7th, 2024 ~ 

The Beachburg Fair has been an annual event in the community and surrounding area of Beachburg since its conception in 1857.

The Beachburg Fair returns with a burst of summertime excitement from July 4 to 7, 2024. Nestled in the heart of picturesque Beachburg, this beloved event promises four days of family-friendly fun and entertainment.

As you enter the fairgrounds, you’re greeted by the sights and sounds of laughter and excitement. The air is filled with the aroma of cotton candy and popcorn, inviting you to indulge in classic fair treats. Explore rows of vendor stalls offering a diverse array of goods, from handmade crafts to local delicacies.

Plowing at the Beachburg Fair

Thrill-seekers will find their adrenaline fix at the Beachburg Fair Midway, where a thrilling assortment of rides and attractions awaits. From towering roller coasters to gentle carousels, there’s something for every level of bravery. Test your skills at carnival games and compete for prizes, creating lasting memories with friends and family.

Animal lovers won’t want to miss the chance to visit the Beachburg Fair Agricultural Zone, where furry and feathered friends take center stage. Marvel at prize-winning livestock, cheer on competitors in equestrian events, and learn about the importance of agriculture in the community.

Live entertainment fills the air throughout the fair, with performances by local musicians, dancers, and entertainers captivating audiences of all ages. From toe-tapping country tunes to mesmerizing magic shows, there’s never a dull moment at the Beachburg Fair.

Going high

For the little ones, the Kids’ Zone offers a world of excitement and adventure. Let imaginations run wild with face painting, crafts, and interactive games, ensuring smiles from ear to ear.

As the sun sets on another day of festivities, gather around the bonfire for storytelling and sing-alongs, creating cherished moments with loved ones under the starlit sky.

With its blend of tradition, community spirit, and summertime charm, the Beachburg Fair is an event not to be missed. Join us for four days of fun, food, and unforgettable memories!

Beachburg Fair judging


History of Agricultural Fairs

Fairs are almost as old as recorded history. There were two types of ancient fairs: trade shows and festivals. From the biblical “Fairs of Tyre” to Sturbridge Fair in medieval England, fairs were used as market places and carnivals. In the 1700’s the British crossed the agricultural improvement society with the traditional trade fair/carnival and agricultural fairs were born.

These agricultural fairs were transplanted to the colonies by the earliest British settlers. The concept of fairs soon flourished in agrarian North America. In Canada, the first agricultural society was formed in 1765 in Nova Scotia. Ontario followed suit in 1792 with the Agricultural Society of Upper Canada based at Niagara on the Lake. From the Ontario strongholds, the concept of agricultural fairs spread west with the first settlers.

After a few false starts, the system of agricultural societies and their fairs spread all over Ontario in the 1800’s. They were organized by county and township and at one time numbered over 500 in Ontario alone. While agricultural societies used many methods (of varying success) to improve agriculture and the rural lifestyle, they’re most enduring and endearing legacy was the agricultural fair. Industrial exhibitions and festivals came and went, but the fairs just carried on. Fairs soon became an ingrained part of Ontario’s (and indeed Canada’s) culture. They still are, in our society.

Ontario Fairs have changed since their inception, but they still carry on their mandate of promoting agriculture and the rural lifestyle.

Want to see modern tradition meet the modern world? Attend a fair!

Click HERE to visit the Beachburg Fair website.